New Esri Interactive Map Tracks Northern California Wildfires and Shares Traffic Updates

Recall, we recently shared a blog post that prodvided pointers to public wildfire incident updates along with 10 useful wildfire maps and webmaps of interest. Building on this, Esri has just shared details of another new map to help inform the public.  Using live data from USGS and Waze, this Esri interactive map visualizes active wildfire locations and traffic alerts for Northern California. 


The map incorporates a new mapping technique to group traffic alerts at locations where there is a high density of alerts. This method enables faster and more effective visual analysis in areas where there are many alerts that would normally overlap. Zoom in on the map to reveal the latest individual traffic alerts.

About the data

Active fire data displays the locations of large fire incidents in Northern California. Data is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and The Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination Group and is intended to give near real-time understanding of the situation on the ground. Location and status of active fires is updated throughout the day as new information is gathered by first responders.

esri wildfire map

Data from Waze is reported by users of Waze and updated every 2 minutes. This data, provided by Waze through the Connected Citizens Program, contains filtered data for affected area including system-generated traffic jams and user-reported traffic incidents (including jams, accidents, hazards, construction, potholes, roadkill, stopped vehicles, objects on road, and missing signs).

Source of webmap: Esri: http://go.esri.com/CAwildfire

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